To identify the right set of journals for your article, you will want to analyze existing journal publications in your very specific area through a combination of subject coverage, citation patterns, and journal-impact rankings.
Remember, some niche journals are essential reading for well-defined communities, while some megajournals with multiple subject coverage (Science, Nature, etc.) have great prestige ... but may not be read as often by all practitioners in a specific field.
Below are a few steps to perform to identify the best choices for your submissions.
The Scopus database provides searching and citation tracking for a set of core journal articles in science, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. (NOTE: Scopus does not provide deep or comprehensive coverage of any field -- for that you will want to search subject-specific journal indexes.)
To identify key journals in a field,
See the SXU Faculty Publications page for a campus-level overview of our publication patterns.
Since SCOPUS covers only a core set of journals in each field, for more comprehensive (deep) analysis of journals in a field you will need to perform searches in and study the results from a subject-specific journal index ... which unfortunately does not provide quantitative citation analysis.
NOTE: If we do not have access to your in-depth journal index, Google Scholar does provide reasonable coverage of most disciplines ... but does not provide the very helpful subject headings used to quickly identify and analyze sub-fields.
In these journal indexes you will want to:
You can also use the controlled vocabulary facets to follow related subject coverage ... to find subject publications in relation to broader and narrower coverages.
The CWTS Journal Indicators tool provides rankings of highest-impact journals within subdisciplines ... based upon SCOPUS citation patterns.
CiteScore metrics also uses SCOPUS citation data to provide five years of both discipline-specific impact/citation metrics and journal-to-journal comparisons. This tool includes some book and conference material as well.
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is another publicly available portal that includes journal and country indicators developed from the information contained in the SCOPUS database.
Google Scholar ranking of journals by discipline.
For more comprehensive (deep) analysis of journals in most fields you will need to perform searches and study the results (using the steps outlined above) within a subject-specific journal index. These subject-specific tools do not provide such quantitative citation analyses. Analysis will require the use of both subject knowledge and qualitative reasoning.